Research finding summaries

On financialization and social reproduction

My article in Capital and Class extends Marxist feminist critiques of social reproduction to explain the ways global financialization processes affect social reproduction patterns in the era of neoliberalization (1997-present) in South Korea. I focus on the question of how financialization affects contingent workers' livability.

By |2022-08-17T11:55:18-04:00Aug 17, 2022|

Then and Now: Women’s Struggles and Solidarity in China’s Ride-Hailing Industry

The communicative space, such as WeChat and TikTok is another arena for social reproduction, where female platform drivers organize cooperative child-care arrangements with other female drivers so that they can drive longer, or work at a particular time. Nonetheless, the communicative space also forges mutual support and creates a community of shared responsibilities in the absence of a shared workplace, thereby creating the potential for women workers to resist platform control, sexual exploitation and harassment, and gender-based violence in the workplace.

By |2022-07-27T10:47:35-04:00Jul 27, 2022|

Learning about pay at work: What makes it so hard?

From an employer’s perspective, keeping information about the pay system, such as the composition of a pay package, parameters of each pay component, average pay levels, pay ranges etc., under control is to their advantage. It is not to say that employers would prefer keeping workers completely in the dark about the incentive structure. Rather, employers tend to ensure that ‘just enough’ is known to workers for motivational purposes.

By |2022-06-22T14:43:08-04:00Jun 22, 2022|

Studying Chinese Industry Shows that the “Race to the Bottom” Narrative is Not So Simple

Even if China manages to move up in global value chains, without a paradigm shift and reorientation toward more balanced development focusing on peoples’ livelihoods, labor rights, social equity, and ecological sustainability that goes beyond the conventional developmental state, the prospects for China to escape the pitfalls of the energy-intensive, mass-consumption model remain dim.

By |2022-06-08T10:35:47-04:00Jun 8, 2022|

Libya and the Limits of Capitalism for the Global South

My reading of 2011 in Libya suggests that the events did not produce something different, rather they largely emerged whilst more radical visions for the postcolonial future of the country had been gradually defeated. As it stands, capitalism’s promise of inclusion to the Global South is premised on the structural imperative to dominate it. Thus wars, sanctions and liberal interventions will continue to define the promise of capitalist modernity that haunts the present and future of the Global South.

By |2022-06-01T12:24:25-04:00Jun 1, 2022|

A market led future for education? EdTech, capital, and schooling

The expansion of EdTech is built upon a longer-standing process of creating markets for schooling. Here a combination of markets and EdTech has served to standardize education, disrupt the connections between schools and local communities, deskill labour, and disadvantage marginalized groups.

By |2022-05-25T07:57:10-04:00May 25, 2022|

Expanding workplace precarity through the prism of the pandemic

While today many of the limited emergency regulations that were in place in April 2020 have been lifted (companies have ended hazard pay, the government has terminated the obligation to pay workers while they are out sick or quarantined, and some states have lifted safety policies like mandatory masks), workers are still getting sick, and in many cases still struggling with long term health and financial impacts of the pandemic, as well face ongoing precarity in their jobs.

By |2022-05-18T08:21:43-04:00May 18, 2022|

We Break it You Buy it: Uber’s Attack on City Governance

The success of the labor-antipoverty coalition during the last several decades pushed the right to the city and prompted a strong backlash from capital in the form of the gig economy. The gig economy utilizes technological innovation as a legal justification to eliminate employment protections and to prevent municipal self-determination. While Uber was rather successful in bullying and preempting its way into U.S. cities the externalities of this business model remain and groups like the Alliance show labor and cities can fight back.

By |2022-05-11T06:35:13-04:00May 11, 2022|

Deindustrialization, social disintegration, and health

Around seven million Eastern Europeans died prematurely as former socialist economies transitioned to capitalism. To better understand this health crisis, we combine insights from Marx and Durkheim and present a novel theory on deindustrialization, social disintegration, and health. We substantiate this framework by analyzing 82 interviews with workers in deindustrialized [...]

By |2022-04-21T15:55:45-04:00Apr 21, 2022|

How does actual inequality affect people’s perception of inequality?

We confirm that individuals from various classes do indeed respond differently to shifting levels of inequality. Specifically, the working classes become less critical of inequality as it increases while the opposite is true for the upper classes. This creates a counterbalancing effect that obscures the aggregate relationship between actual and rising inequality and people’s perceptions of it.

By |2022-03-16T09:27:20-04:00Mar 16, 2022|
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